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Anthropology of religion and Human sacrifice The wide distribution of the practice of witch-hunts in geographically and culturally separated societies Europe, Africa, India, New Guinea since the s has triggered interest in the anthropological background of this behaviour.
The belief in magic and divinationand attempts to use magic to influence personal well-being to increase life, win love, etc. Belief in witchcraft has been shown to have similarities in societies throughout the world. It presents a framework to explain the occurrence of otherwise random misfortunes such as sickness or death, and the witch sorcerer provides an image of evil.
Magic in the ancient world Ancient Near East[ edit ] Punishment for malevolent sorcery is addressed in the earliest law codes which were preserved; in both ancient Egypt and Babyloniawhere it played a conspicuous part. The Code of Hammurabi 18th century BC short chronology prescribes that If a man has put a spell upon another man and it is not yet justified, he upon whom the spell is laid shall go to the holy river; into the holy river shall he plunge.
If the holy river overcome him and he is drowned, the man who put the spell upon him shall take possession of his house. If the holy river declares him innocent and he remains unharmed the man who laid the spell shall be put to death. He that plunged into the river shall take possession of the house of him who laid the spell upon him.
In BC, women were executed as witches in the context of an epidemic illness. Livy emphasizes that this was a scale of persecution without precedent in Rome. In BC, the Roman senate issued a decree severely restricting the Bacchanals, ecstatic rites celebrated in honor of Dionysus.
Livy records that this persecution was because "there was nothing wicked, nothing flagitious, that had not been practiced among them". There is no way to verify the figures reported by Roman historians, but if they are taken at face value,[ citation needed ] the scale of the witch-hunts in the Roman Republic in relation to the population of Italy at the time far exceeded anything that took place during the "classical" witch-craze in Early Modern Europe.
This law banned the trading and possession of harmful drugs and poisons, possession of magical books and other occult paraphernalia. StraboGaius Maecenas and Cassius Dio all reiterate the traditional Roman opposition against sorcery and divination, and Tacitus used the term religio-superstitio to class these outlawed observances.
Emperor Augustus strengthened legislation aimed at curbing these practices, for instance in 31 BC, by burning over 2, magical books in Rome, except for certain portions of the hallowed Sibylline Books.
For whoever does these things is abhorrent to the Lord"; and Exodus In the Judaean Second Temple periodRabbi Simeon ben Shetach in the 1st century BC is reported to have sentenced to death eighty women who had been charged with witchcraft on a single day in Ashkelon.
The ancient fabled King Filimer is said to have found among his people certain witches, whom he called in his native tongue Haliurunnae. Suspecting these women, he expelled them from the midst of his race and compelled them to wander in solitary exile afar from his army.
There the unclean spirits, who beheld them as they wandered through the wilderness, bestowed their embraces upon them and begat this savage race, which dwelt at first in the swamps, a stunted, foul and puny tribe, scarcely human, and having no language save one which bore but slight resemblance to human speech.
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